Pineapple piety


Southern Sunrise

Color of lemon, mango, peach,
These storybook villas
Still dream behind
Shutters, thier balconies
Fine as hand-
Made lace, or a leaf-and-flower pen-sketch.

Tilting with the winds,
On arrowy stems,
A green crescent of palms
Sends up its forked
Firework of fronds.

A quartz-clear dawn
Inch by bright inch
Gilds all our Avenue,
And out of the blue drench
Of Angels’ Bay
Rises the round red watermelon sun.

Sylvia Plath

I’m even more devoted to pineapple than I am to chocolate, which is saying something. For better or for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health I go through at least half a pineapple a day. And when I consider the health benefits, I wonder what sort of sorry state I’d be in if I didn’t…

Christopher Columbus first brought back pineapples to Europe after one of his expeditions to South America. They are absolutely packed with vitamins and minerals; vitamin C, manganese and copper are unusually abundant, but they are also a good source of calcium, magnesium, potassium, zinc, beta-carotene, vitamins B1 and B6, folate and iron.

Pineapple contains a powerful enzyme called bromelain, which has impressive and well-documented anti-inflammatory properties, making it an excellent food for arthritics. Bromelain also enhances the absorption of nutrients and has the ability to break down proteins and fats, making them more easily digested. Be sure not to discard the tougher inner core as this is where the highest concentration of bromelain is to be found.

Bromelain can also help reduce pain and swelling and prevent the formation of blood clots. The combination of bromelain and potassium is excellent for circulatory health, but what really makes pineapples so good for your blood is the healthy dose of copper. Not only is copper an efficient anti-inflammatory, it also reduces the effect of harmful blood clotting and helps to deliver a steady supply of healthy blood to your brain.

While pineapples are a naturally acidic plant based food, once digested they have an alkalizing effect on the body. An alkaline body is an environment in which bacteria and disease cannot flourish, and overall health and energy levels are increased.

Thank you Christopher Columbus!


7 responses to “Pineapple piety

  1. Never knew all that I think I need to eat more pineapple and a pineapple upside down cake.

  2. beautiful images both poem and pineapple….. a lovely post full of colour and health benefits info. Thanks,

  3. All the incentive I need to get a fresh pineapple tomorrow! I didn’t know that about the core and the bromelain content. I should have realised. I always juice it – never throwing it out. Phew!

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